Red Devils Shock Top Seed Hopkins in PKs

Photo by Chris Knight
Photo by Chris Knight

(Baltimore, Md.) – The #5-seeded Dickinson men's soccer team advanced to the Centennial Conference Championship, knocking off top-seed and #14-ranked Johns Hopkins University on Friday night. The teams played to a 2-2 tie, going scoreless through two overtime periods. The Red Devils advanced on penalty kicks (4-2).

The Red Devils struck early as sophomore Kevin Gilbert (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) put Dickinson on the board in the 11th minute. The Blue Jays answered quickly, tying the match, less than two minutes later as Liam Moylan scored off assists from RJ Moore and Jonah Muntz.

Shortly after the break, the Blue Jays pulled in front on a penalty kick from Mike Swiercz, scoring just 2:30 into the second half.

The Red Devils pulled even in the 74th minute as first-year Austen Stockdale (Darien, Conn./Kent School) came on and scored immediately, with assists from Ward Van de Water (Warrenton, Va./Highland) and Matt Edmonds (Lexington, Mass./Lexington).

The game remained scoreless for the remainder of regulation, and through two extra periods, sending the match to penalty kicks.

The Red Devils had a great start as sophomore Frederick Meagher (Southport, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe) came in and turned away the first two attempts while Dickinson was on the mark with seniors Will Bracken (Easton, Conn./Joel Barlow) and Austin Thames (Frederick, Md./Urbana) converting to give the Red Devils an early advantage.

Senior Lucas Masiado (Ambler, Pa./Saucon Valley) tickled the twine between a pair of makes from Hopkins before classmate Edmonds sent Dickinson into the final with a shot into the right side of the net.

The game was as close on paper as it was on the field with Hopkins holding a 16-15 shot advantage and a 4-3 edge in corners.

Xander Lefevre and Bryan See combined for five saves while first-year John Baney (Ridgefield, N.J./Montclair Kimberly Academy) tallied three saves for the Red Devils.

Dickinson moves to 11-5-3 overall and advances to Sunday's final at 1:00 pm. They will face the winner of #2-Franklin & Marshall and #3-seed Gettysburg College at Homewood Field.